Paul Nicklen@paulnicklen

Co-founder of @Sea_Legacy and contributing photographer to National Geographic. Please join The Tide and support SeaLegacy

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This is my last-minute, zero-hour call for help to protect the wolves of B.C.’s Vancouver Island, my home and backyard. Through @sea_legacy and our loyal, passionate followers in The Tide, we have worked tirelessly to protect animals and environments around the globe. This one sits close to my heart and my home. These wolves endure barbaric trapping practices and short-sighted culls allowed by the @BCNDP government. Please help us by emailing B.C. premier @johnhorgan4bc and his minister Doug Donaldson at these addresses: / / Let them know how you feel about the way B.C. treats wolves. Then join @sea_legacy and The Tide and let’s keep the momentum going, no matter the outcome. THANK YOU!


It’s the final day to speak up for Vancouver Island’s wolves, who continue to endure barbaric trapping practices and short-sighted culls allowed by the @bcndp government. BC Premier @johnhorgan4bc now wants to extend the trapping season—still allowing leg hold traps—to 10 months of the year. You can send your comments directly to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, Doug Donaldson: And also to Premier Horgan at and Thank you for helping.


The @BCNDP government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations, lengthening the season to 10 months out of the year despite a lack of scientific evidence. The B.C. government is still not recognizing the coastal wolves of Vancouver Island as genetically distinct and globally rare, nor the highly social nature of these family groups or packs. Leg hold traps are inhumane, cruel and should be banned. If you want to help, join @sea_legacy and @pacificwild in letting the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch know you oppose the NDP government proposal to lengthen the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island. Want to help? The deadline is January 19th. Email @johnhorgan4bc at Alternatively, the mailing address is: B.C. Fish and Wildlife Operations, 2080A Labieux Road, Nanaimo, V9T 6J9. Alternatively, you could call them at (250) 751-3100. Let’s speak up for those who cannot do it on their own.


I love sleeping out in the open in nature. I do it all of the time. When I do this, wildlife quite often gets curious. When I decided to rest on a beach on the Antarctic Peninsula, a curious juvenile elephant seal decided to inspect. My friend, @drpatrickavery was there to capture the moment. No, I am not sponsored by Canon. With @eyosexpeditions and @aluciaproductions #adventure #wildlife #beautiful #gratitude


Due to pressure applied by @Sea_Legacy and the collective concern of the Norwegian people, the current government of Norway has agreed to continue to not allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Lofoten region. I’m proud of @sea_legacy’s role in this victory. We ran a massive campaign rallying Norwegian citizens and citizens of the world to speak up and let the political candidates know how they feel. 8.5 million views and over 8000 tweets later, the international and Norwegian news media picked up the story. Norwegian prime minister @erna_solberg listened. We will continue to apply pressure, build constituencies, raise awareness and fundraise for those who do not have means—all in the name of conservation. Join us in #turningthetide for our beautiful oceans through the power of storytelling and progressive social media campaigns. We will change the world.


People sometimes ask how conservation works. What do we do? How do we make a difference? Today, a clear example is available in the form of a landmark decision by the Norwegian government to not allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Lofoten region for another three years at least. @sea_legacy ran a massive campaign rallying Norwegian citizens and citizens of the world to speak up and let the political candidates know how they feel. International news media picked up the story. Norwegian prime minister @erna_solberg heard the call to action and acted. This is what conservation looks like. Every small voice. Every petition signature. Every tweet. Every photo or video posted with a heartfelt call for the betterment of humanity. They all add up to real, tangible results. THANK YOU to @sea_legacy’s supporters. We cannot do it without you. For more information on how we work, click on the link in my bio.


Nothing but deep respect and admiration for your caring and nurturing ways, mama lion. It was an amazing four days on the Mara and I can’t wait to go back one of these days. With @epixnix @lnixpix @cristinamittermeier #nature #mom #motherhood #lion #love #family

Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya

A large male lion peacefully surveys his surroundings on the Maasai Mara of Kenya. When lions roar you can barely see their teeth. The picture that I just posted on @natgeotravel is definitely a yawn. The roar of a lion is very guttural and they just slightly open their mouths to allow the sound to travel. With @lnixpix @cristinamittermeier and @epixnix #lion #nature #beauty #predator #africa

Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya

A newborn Antarctic fur seal pup perches itself on top of a mound of tussock grass. The majority of Antarctic fur seals are born brown but approximately one in several thousand are born with white fur. #seals #nature #beauty #animals #cute #instagood


In the nutrient rich waters of British Columbia, species grow larger than most. The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other species of octopus. The largest specimen on record was reportedly 30 feet (9.1 meters) across and weighed more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms). I find this hard to believe. Averages are more like 10 to 12 feet (5 meters) and 110 lbs (50 kilograms). The octopus in this photo was just slightly below average in size but was incredibly impressive to spend time with. It stole my underwater housing and camera right out of my hands and dove into the depths to stash it in his den. It took me a while, but I coaxed it away. Photographed at @Gods_Pocket_Resort, B.C., with @CristinaMittermeier for @Sea_Legacy. #naturelovers #octopus #nature #love #beauty @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

God's Pocket Resort

"Gathering of Unicorns" exhibits one of the most unique—almost fantastical—animals from the oceans: the narwhal. Their most identifiable feature, often misnomered as a horn, is actually an elongated upper left canine, a helical tusk filled with millions of nerve endings that transmit information from surrounding seawater, giving the narwhal knowledge of both where they are, and where other narwhals have been. They have also been seen using these tusks as a leading mechanism, as a stunning tool for cod, one of their main prey.
This piece is available from the @paulnicklengallery as a limited edition print, as well as many other images by myself and other active, informed, and committed artists.

Paul Nicklen Gallery

Attention, #Chicago. I’m coming your way. On February 8th, @Sea_Legacy is hosting a fundraiser at @MarshallsLanding. Find tickets at or @lookbelowthesurface.
Come meet @CristinaMittermeier and myself for a night of inspiring art and conversation about conservation. Hope to see you there.

Marshall's Landing